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Thanksgiving with the X-T1

My first trip with the X-T1 was a great success! It's just as light and portable as my Panasonic G6 was and in the case of the lenses they're even more portable since they're both primes. I always seem to have this dilemma the night before a trip: I'm sitting in front of my Think Tank Airport Essentials bag looking over my gear and wondering, "What exactly should I bring on this trip?" I have the 35mm film cameras and the X-T1, but then I wonder if I should bring along the Pocket Cinema Camera for video. Now we're talking about a tripod and maybe a slider and...ugh...you know what? Just the X-T1 it is. Pop on the 18mm, bring along the 35mm and let's just GO. 400 pics later, I was glad I didn't bring just the film cameras!

I won't even pretend that all 400 pics were pure gold, and for the sake of this blog post I'm only going to post some of the less family-oriented pics, but I did want to post a few examples of some of the files and mention a few notes below them. All of the following are straight out of camera JPGs:

A few observations:

  • I walked around my grandparent's property in Ohio for the first few pics, and a gentle round of snow flurries soon blossomed into a steady snowfall. I took care not to expose the camera or the lens to too much snow, but I was comforted by the fact that the camera is weather sealed. Unfortunately, neither the 18mm lens nor the 35mm lens are also weather sealed, so I protected them the most. Each of the lenses have the Fujifilm 52mm clear protector attached for piece of mind, and I think adding a screen protector to the back screen of the X-T1 will make me feel better the next time I expose it to the elements (accidentally or intentionally!).
  • Canadian geese spook so easily! If one goes, the rest are history as well. Unfortunately, despite careful sneaking on my part, the 35mm lens (50mm equivalent) doesn't have the reach to get up close and personal to these guys without scaring them off. I managed to snap a few quick shots off, and cropping in reveals some great details captured at high shutter speeds. I have no doubts that this camera will perform beautifully for wildlife with one of Fujifilim's X series zooms mounted on it. I've read about the 50mm-140mm f/2.8 that just got released, but for my needs I think I might look into a used 55mm-200mm f/3.5 - f/4.8.
  • The majority of the indoor photos were shot with the 35mm wide open at f/1.4. Even then, the ISO had to be pushed up to 3200 and in some cases, as the evening hours settled in, all the way up to 6400. This was the first time I met my niece (the baby pictured) and the full res files of my brother feeding her (above) are absolutely gorgeous even at such high ISO.

So there you have it. Just a small sample of Thanksgiving with the X-T1. It's all about cold weather, a warm fire, good food and visiting with family. When you have a camera and lens that can capture such sharp photos in such low light, it only serves to better preserve those precious moments. I couldn't be happier